Prof. Gurdev Singh was born in a farming family in the village Akalgarh near Muktsar in the erstwhile Punjab on June 12, 1944. He attended a number of schools to complete his schooling in 1961. He did his graduation in Agriculture at Khalsa College Amritsar in 1965 and masters at Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana in 1969. While writing his masterís thesis he was appointed as Marketing Intelligence Officer in November 1968 in a Ford Foundation funded research project on marketing of wheat, maize and groundnut. The job involved collection of information on daily arrivals, prices, purchases by different agencies, storage, dispatches by rail and road etc. in two markets (Doraha and Khanna) in Ludhiana district. After about 15 months he left this job to join Agco Group (CMA now) at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as a Research Associate in February 1970. The job of a Research Associate at the Institute was to assist the faculty supervisor in his research and teaching activities. He was, thus, involved in formulating research proposals, questionnaires and schedules, collection of data and its analysis with the help of research assistants, drafting reports and preparation of teaching materials.
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